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    Default 2014 WR250R - Lightweight adventurer!

    FYI i put it in this forum because it is not technically a 4x4 :P

    as some of you know i have been riding a 2011 Vstrom 650 for the last couple of years, while i did love this bike it is not what i wanted originally. i got talked into something that didn't fit my need. I have always, and will always love to get dirty on the trails and this is not the bike for this. So it went up for sale and sold very quickly. I picked up a brand spankin new 2014 Yamaha WR250R that will now slowly be made into the adventure bike i have always wanted!

    this is the day i got her;



    Bone stock i decided i needed to get out on the gravel. unfortunately it snowed that weekend but it didn't slow me down, got down to -14C in some of the higher bits and she ran like a champ.



    I managed to get her out on some tight, twisty gnarly single track this last weekend and i had an absolute blast!



    now let the modding begin... the fuel range on this thing is terrible (100km) range with a guy as big as me, but the power is good and it handles well! first thing i changed out was the bars to a renthal aluminum trials bend which really helped!

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    one of the first things i did was make it so i could go camping easier, there was no way of attaching any sort of load to the bike stock from the factory. Moose Racing makes an expedition style rack that works perfectly for what i wanted it to do.

    rear rack installed, only mod i had to make was drill 2 5/8 holes in the plastic fender. easy peasy.



    all loaded up for camping trip!


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    next up on the hit list will be some hand guards, i have gone through 1 clutch and 1 brake lever already... they don't last long when smashed off trees and rocks. There is a site in the states called highwaydirtbike.com that sells Ralley style gear. they make a killer guard that incorporates and cool bar clamp with switch holes which will be great for when i get LED lights (terrible headlight)



    There are a huge number of small power mods for the bike. they are usually pretty simple bolt on stuff so i will update that as they come as they are not a huge priority at this time.

    I really wanted to get the 4.7 gallon tank but after talking to a bunch of people it add's a ton of weight, and widens the bike quite a bit. for $150 less you can get a 3 gallon tank that almost doubles the range yet fits within the stock plastics.

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    Nice looking bike
    seeing made me want one again
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    I've been looking at these lately myself, out of curiosity did you give any consideration to the new Honda?

    And was the 100k of trailing riding?, most of the stuff I read so far, guys were getting closer to 200k?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixty8chev View Post
    I've been looking at these lately myself, out of curiosity did you give any consideration to the new Honda?

    And was the 100k of trailing riding?, most of the stuff I read so far, guys were getting closer to 200k?
    i should have clairified that my gas light comes on at 100k, and thats highway riding, i might get 125 out of it but i don't like running it that low. i am a big guy, so i will obviously burn a little more than most and tend to ride it pretty hard.

    also, i tend to run pretty quick on the highway, just ask Mark haha, WRR speedo's are anywhere from 5-15% out from the factory, i don't have the mod to fix it. as well so that is a factor, these bikes drop off fuel millage significantly at high speeds. most people say they like to hover around the 80km/h mark while i am usually up over 100. you can expect 4-5L per 100km average if you are taking it easy. and at a 1.7 gallon (6.5) tank that is 120ish KM. I am pretty on par with about 4.5-5L at the 100km mark. Will have a better idea when i can throw on my GPS and see what millage i actually get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixty8chev View Post
    I've been looking at these lately myself, out of curiosity did you give any consideration to the new Honda?

    And was the 100k of trailing riding?, most of the stuff I read so far, guys were getting closer to 200k?
    and no i didnt consider the new honda. I have ridden enough honda's to know they are not the bike for me. the only other bike i was interested in was the KTM 500 EXC and at almost 4g more than my bike it was out of my reach.

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    Looking good Cody.

    If you are looking for LED's for a good price, check out Pat at Trailskinz. He is selling the Sweard Offroad lights, and they are very good. I have a few sets you can check out. A set of their Twin 2's would be awesome on there!

    http://sewardoffroad.com/product/twin-2/

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregB_00XJ View Post
    Looking good Cody.

    If you are looking for LED's for a good price, check out Pat at Trailskinz. He is selling the Sweard Offroad lights, and they are very good. I have a few sets you can check out. A set of their Twin 2's would be awesome on there!

    http://sewardoffroad.com/product/twin-2/
    those are nice, and the wiring harness is only $30 which is a damn good price. might have to consider these.

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    been able to do things and go places I wouldn't have dreamed with the Vstrom


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